Van Cliburn Medalist Performs at Albion College Progressive Piano Concert

Great music supports a good cause as Albion College's Music Department presents the fourth annual Progressive Piano concert on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 5 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel. The progressive concert will move to several neighborhood locations, ending at approximately 6:45 p.m. at the home of Rob and Gail Reed on Allen Place.

Eastman School of Music faculty member Barry Snyder will be featured during the progressive concert. A Van Cliburn silver medalist in 1966, Snyder has won numerous performance and teaching awards, and pursues an active concert and recording career. Kenneth Drake, faculty emeritus from the University of Illinois, will bring and play a fortepiano, the 18th-century forerunner to the modern piano. Past competition winners Naomi Yamaguchi, Geoffrey Kocks and Moshe Benson will perform, as well as David Abbott and Lia Jensen-Abbott, piano faculty at Albion College.

The event supports the Albion College Piano Festival, a unique learning and performance opportunity for young musicians. Albion College's piano festival features competitions and workshops conducted by professional pianists and specifically designed for pianists from elementary to high school ages. This rare opportunity for young musicians to to prepare for formal competition, receive professional feedback and win prizes is supported in part by funds from the Progressive Piano concert.

Albion College's 2012 Piano Competition takes place November 1-4, 2012, with competitors coming from throughout the state and from Albion's sister cities in Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly, France.

The Progressive Piano concert is open to the public and free, although donations to the competition are requested. For more information on times and locations, contact the Albion College Music Department, 517/629-0481, or organizer David Abbott at .